Top 6 things to do on a visit to Guyana
There is so much hidden beauty in this South American country that needs to be discovered and explored. These are the top 6 things you need to check off your list, should you have the opportunity to visit Guyana, also known as the “land of many waters”.
1) The Kaieteur National Park
This is the main attraction! People from all around the globe come to witness the tallest single drop waterfall in the world, measuring 741 feet. It is tucked away in the amazons, so visitors can charter a flight or take a 4-day hike. The other waterfalls nearby are King George VI, Amalia and Kumarau which is also an impressive sight. For more information, please visit:
2) Iwokrama Canopy Walkway
Located at Mauisparu near the southern boundary, the walkway is constructed with aluminium suspension wires with wooden floors built around the trunk of the trees, so as to not prohibit their growth. While on the walkway, you may spot some of the island’s exotic wildlife, such as reptiles, many of the 800 species of birds, jaguars and spider monkeys. You can even become one with nature as you relax at the Atta Rainforest Lodge which is on the compound of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. This link https://attarainforestlodge.com/walkway/ tells you all you need to know about the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.
3) St. George’s Cathedral
The church was designed by British Architect Sir Arthur Bloomfield and opened on August 24, 1892. The present building is the third reconstruction, but it dates back to the mid-1700s. St. George’s Cathedral is considered one of the tallest wooden churches in the Caribbean, standing at 143ft. The church features pointed vaulted ceilings, flying buttresses, stained glass windows and a large chandelier from Queen Victoria. As a historical site, this church has a lot of history, but you have to visit Georgetown to find out more.
4) The Stabroek Market
Fresh, tropical produce, colourful fabrics, lively atmosphere and great bargains. The Stabroek Market is one of a kind. Construction of the market can be traced back to the 1700s, but the current structure was built in 1880. You can also find unique local products and delicacies at the market.
5) Shell Beach
Named for the tiny shells on its shore, Shell Beach is located on the border of Guyana and Venezuela and stretches over 90 miles. It is where four of the world’s eight endangered sea turtles, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, Green and Leatherback come to shore to lay their eggs. February and July are the only months to witness these prehistoric sea turtles on this beach.
6) Surama Village
Away from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown lies this small traditional Amerindian community of the Makushi people in the Rupununi region. Visitors can experience living off the grid and take guided hikes through the village, go on river tours, take part in wilderness survival training or have a traditional Amerindian steam bath and message.
This list does not do Guyana justice. There are many sites still unseen and stories untold. The only thing left to do… is to visit.